Wednesday, September 27, 2017

What did he say???

One of the best ways to improve listening skills is watching TV, videos and movies. That can become a tough time specially if the speakers' pace is high. But, DON'T PANIC!! Miss Ellie has the solution!

There is an option to add subtitles while using youtube. Here I explain how to do it:

  • STEP 1: Type the name of the video in which you are interested in the top search bar.

  • STEP 2: Click on the settings button.

  • STEP 3: Select subtitles.
  • STEP 4: Set the language (English).

And now, why don't you try and watch this commercial in its original language? I'm sure you it will make you laugh! Doritos commercial

Tuesday, September 26, 2017


I bet you have all played this game at least once in your life.

No one is sure of where Rock-Paper-Scissors started. It became popular in the United States at the beginning of the 20th century, following Europe and Japan.

Nowadays you can have an eternal opponent. Someone who can play non-stop. Yes! All day, everywhere... It sounds like a dream come true! Nonetheless, there are two things to take into account: it is a robot and it always wins! Don't you believe it? Take a peek...

(Learn more about the history of Rock-Paper-Scissors here)

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Brushing up

It is very clear that our pupils' favourite season is Summer, undoubtedly. In our students' heads, Summer is a time for fun and that means that there is little room for academic activities. Nevertheless, that is not good news when it comes to education. In other words, September becomes a hard month for us.

While I was planning the revision activities I feared they could become boring and time consuming. In addition to that, I wanted to raise awareness of the importance of the paper (I'm tired of wasting paper with infinite lists of vocabulary) and I thought I needed something catchy and cheap. After two hours trying to buy the coolest case for my Ipad, an English game came from out of the blue in Amazon: its name is BrainBox. The object of the game is to study a card for 10 seconds and then, answer a question about what it shows, that way they are brushing up vocabulary, practicing reading and working in a cooperative way seamlessly.

The game is made up of 71 cards, a sand timer and a die; the drawings have bright colours and they catch the students' attention immediately, easing vocabulary acquisition.

Summing up, this is a great example of leveraging existing board-games in an academic context in order to promote learning without having to create explicit materials ourselves as teachers.

This is the link to the game.

Friday, September 22, 2017

TGIF: Thank God is Friday!

According to Collins dictionary, TGIF is used to say that you are glad the work week is almost over. TGIF is an abbreviation for 'Thank God is Friday'.

What is the first thing you do when you arrive home after a long school week? I always go out for dinner with hubby and my doggy!! 🐶

Thursday, September 21, 2017

A Warm Welcome!!

Last Friday was the first class day with my students. As the 7 graders home-teacher, I have planned an activity in order to build spirit within the classroom due to the fact that they didn't know me and that there were two new students in the group. It consisted of decorating the front class taking an original idea from pinterest (where several examples can be easily found) and then, the kids were told to choose a star and write their names on it. As a result, we got a colorful constellation representing us as a common group. I took advantage of it explaining the similarity with the class and the stars upon the sky, being me the guiding star. The activity took less than 30 minutes and it was a good introduction for both me and my pupils.

Here you have the original picture in which I inspired myself.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Monday, first day of the week!

What can be better than starting the week with a joke?

Do you know any jokes in English? 😉

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Welcome: break down the walls to connect, inspire!

Hi there!

I'm Miss Ellie, your English teacher, and this is a place created to learn and improve your English skills online. We will explore the English language through youtube videos, blog articles, facebook memes and, last but not least, music!!!

Let us discover some new vocabulary by listening to my favourite song at present...

Pay close attention to the lyrics and make sure you get the hidden message!!! 😏

Soon you will discover that music is one of my passions, it is also a great tool to learn!!!